City unveils three plans for Riverfront Park

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PEORIA, Ill. — A year after demolishing the Riverfront Platform, the city has new plans for the park space.

The city unveiled three plans Thursday night geared towards natural systems, active recreation, and economic growth.

Now, they’re asking for community input.

“We gave our opinions, and had an up close look at it, but certainly there weren’t thousands there at the meeting,” said Ray Lees, with the riverfront community advisory.

Along the river, people walking were already giving their suggestions.

“We’ve got enough concrete already, so I would suggest green space,” said Diane Goodwin.

“I think this would be a great place to have a playground or a kids center, or an aquatic center,” said Amber Orozco.

For more than a year, the land, which is prime real estate along the river, sat untouched.

“People love green space, it’s right there on the river. You can sit there and see the water, you don’t have to get up,” said Lees.

From natural, to active, and to economic growth, committee leaders gave their feedback.

“There are elements of each that I liked,” said Lees.

And soon, you will be able to voice your thoughts to the city.

“I’d like to see it more with shade, with some comfy areas for sitting and reading maybe or just relaxing,” said Goodwin.

City leaders say the three options will be posted on the city’s website.

“People could enjoy the river, offer the community more things to do with kids,” said Orozco.

From there, the community will be able to provide feedback and input.

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